A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a loved one who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister - but it could be that they are caring for someone outside of their family home. This might involve extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.
Some children give a lot of physical help to a brother, sister or parent who is disabled or ill. They may also be giving emotional support to both sibling and parents.
For further information, please view the services featured in 'Support for Young Carers'.
If you are a young carer or you are supporting a young carer and would like to request an assessment, please ring our Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001.